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    How Democratic is the American Constitution? (Castle Lectures in Ethics, Politics, & Economics (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Robert A. Dahl

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    DescriptionIn this volume, an eminent political scientist questions the extent to which the American Constitution furthers democratic goals. Robert Dahl reveals the Constitution's potentially antidemocratic elements and explains why they are there, compares the American constitutional system to other democratic systems, and explores how Americans might alter their political system to achieve greater equality among citizens. In a new chapter for this second edition, he shows how increasing differences in state populations revealed by the Census of 2000 have further increased the veto power over constitutional amendments held by a tiny minority of Americans. He then explores the prospects for changing some important political practices that are not prescribed by the written Constitution, though most Americans may assume them to be so.


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    Title
    How Democratic is the American Constitution?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert A. Dahl
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300095241
    ISBN 10: 0300095244
    Classifications

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
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    B&T General Subject: 650
    LC classification: JA
    Abridged Dewey: 320
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036000
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    BISAC V2.8: POL010000, POL022000, POL040000
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    DC22: 342.7302
    LC classification: KF4552
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    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    2graphs
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    23 January 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Robert A. Dahl is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale University and past president of the American Political Science Association. He is the author of numerous books, including Who Governs?, Democracy and Its Critics, and On Democracy, all published by Yale University Press.
    Review quote
    "A devastating attack on the undemocratic character of the American Constitution." Gordon S. Wood, New York Review of Books "Robert A Dahl is about as covered in honors as a scholar can be... He knows what he is talking about. And he thinks that the Constitution has something the matter with it." Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker